Since I sent Harold Ford Jr. the same letter I sent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the latest move to force the Health Care Reform Bill through Congress, I decided to do a bit more reading on him. As the only Democrat to oppose Senator Gillibrand, against the wishes of the Democrat leadership, I believe readers should know about his voting record, views and information just as much as I have for Senator Gillibrand.
The first thing I found was the following video. The intent of the creator was no doubt to shock and scare liberals and Democrats in New York State. I believe that this attempt at a slur on Ford is unwarranted, and a failure – but then again I am a Republican. And this will be the last personal comment I will make about Ford as I review him.
Seperate of that, I previously presented video of the positions (no typo) that Senator Gillibrand held on the 9/11 trials being held in New York. This is Harold Ford Jr.’s position
Harold Ford Jr. is the former United States House of Representatives representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district. a position he held for 10 years. He currently holds the chairmanship of the Democratic Leadership Council.
Ford was born in Tennessee, went to the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BA in American History in 1992. He went on to receive a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996. His career in politics started after his 1992 graduation as staff aide to the Senate Budget Committee, and in 1993 became special assistant at the United States Department of Commerce.
In 1996, Ford sought and won the 9th congressional district seat after his father decided not to seek re-election for a 12th term. He was one of the youngest Representatives in history at the age of 26. He was one of the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq in 2002.
He was considered for the 2004 Democrat Vice Presidential position, but was too young to take the position (he would not turn 35 until after the inauguration).
The initial video is correct in stating that Ford is on the record for opposing same sex marriage, supporting the Iraq War, and has stated clearly that he is pro-life while opposing the partial-birth abortion, yet he has had an 87% opposition voting record for pro-life votes in Congress.
He has also opposed drilling in Alaska (ANWAR to be specific), supported adoptive rights of same sex couples, favorsd stem cell research, opposed the death penalty and supports universal health care.
Ford joined Merrill Lynch as a vice chairman in 2007 as well as the Fox News Network (as noted in the initial video). What was not noted in the video is the fact that in 2008 Ford left Fox and joined MSNBC. As of 2010 Ford is a visiting professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service where he teaches Policy Formation: U.S. Domestic Policy. The positions in MSNBC and Merrill Lynch are on hold as Ford engages in the battle for the Democrat ticket for Sen. Gillibrand’s non-elected seat.
The DLC describes itself in part as
While other organizations continue to focus on political messaging, the central mission of the new DLC will be to develop and fight for ideas that can happen and reforms that will work. We will develop practical, far-reaching ideas that address the tough challenges and hard choices that others prefer to ignore. We will work closely with our allies in Congress and the administration to make sure the president’s agenda succeeds. We’re in business to push the envelope and get the job done.”
Ford has been in NYC since 2006.